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A Note from Me (Nov 20, 2020)

Dear friends: I can still hear Carla Hayden’s voice, forty years ago, as she was describing the allure of Flowers in the Attic to the era’s younger teens. “Because of all the forbidden stuff,” she said to me, giving the word all the mystery and danger it deserves. Kids (who...

Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

In 2016 Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed as the fourteenth Librarian of Congress — the first African American and the first woman to hold that position. Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Dr. Hayden go way back, to their days at the Graduate Library School at the University...

Libraries are not surplus

Librarian of Congress Carla HaydenIn an art gallery within the Malden (MA) Public Library on Saturday, March 18, a crowd milled about, waiting for the celebrity to appear. There were no chairs; the packed house didn’t seem to mind. Librarians tend to wear comfortable shoes.We were waiting to meet Dr....

Letter to the Editor from Tracy Aitken, January/February 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

January/February 2017 Horn BookJanuary 5, 2017Good morning Mr. Sutton,I felt inclined to write to you following my reading of your editorial letter to Dr. Carla Hayden. I would like to preface my comments by revealing that I did not vote for President-Elect Trump.This morning's news contained a disturbing video of...

Editorial: She's With Us

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of CongressLibrary of Congress101 Independence Avenue, SEWashington DC 20540Dear Carla:You know, the last time I wrote to a librarian in DC, she never got back to me. But then Laura Bush and I did not go to library school together, and I certainly never worked...

She'll be swell, she'll be great!

Carla HaydenI am over the moon about President Obama's nomination of Carla D. Hayden to the position of Librarian of Congress. Carla and I were buddies back in Chicago--we met when she was YA coordinator at CPL and I interviewed her for a paper I was writing for library school,...

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